Ohuruogu leads England against Bolt’s World All-Stars in Australia
Christine Ohuruogu will lead England in a contest against a Usain Bolt-led All-Stars in a new athletics event in Melbourne, which begins at the weekend, reports dailymail.co.uk.
England’s 22-athlete team will also compete against Australia, China, Japan, and New Zealand in the Nitro Athletics event in Australia.
The competition is spread across February 4, 9 and 11 and will allow athletes to prepare for the Commonwealth Games, which are also in Australia next year.
Team GB’s 2008 400m Olympic champion Ohuruogu will captain the team, which includes three-time Olympian Michael Rimmer and Bianca Williams, who took bronze in the 200m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Ohuruogu told nitroathletics.com.au: ‘It was a chance to come back to Australia, as I’ve not been back in more than 10 years. The last time I came I had such a good time at the Commonwealth Games back in 2006.
“In athletics, we don’t really get chance to just enjoy our sport as we’re so busy chasing qualifying times, trying to stick to gruelling training regimes, sort out races, warm weather training.
“You don’t get a chance to enjoy everything as there’s always pressure and I thought this is a great opportunity for all of us to come out and have great competition.”
There are 12 events based on power, endurance, technique and teamwork including the 100m, pole vault, three-minute run, javelin and a mixed 4x100m relay.